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SCOTUS appeal hearing underway on marriage equality

"Love will Win" is the battle cry as the Supreme Court of the United States begins hearing oral arguments on marriage equality that could effect Nevadans. (photo by Robert Douglas)

“Love will Win” is the battle cry as the Supreme Court of the United States begins hearing oral arguments on marriage equality that could effect Nevadans. (photo by Robert Douglas)

Former Reno resident Eddie Rey with the California couple, Robin Tyler and Diane Olson, who filed the first lawsuit in California when denied a marriage licesne

Former Reno resident Eddie Rey with the California couple, Robin Tyler and Diane Olson, who filed the first lawsuit in California when denied a marriage licesne

In front of the Supreme Court of the United States those favoring and those opposed gather as the Supreme Court hears oral arguments on marriage equality. (photo Robert Douglas)

In front of the Supreme Court of the United States those favoring and those opposed gather as the Supreme Court hears oral arguments on marriage equality. (photo Robert Douglas)

The oral arguments have began before the Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS) in what legal experts are calling the case that will decide Marriage Equality in the United States. The arguments will last for approximately two and half hours starting at 10 am (7am pacific time). The final decision will be known when SCOTUS is expected to issue its opinion in late June.

The oral arguments will be available to be heard on the SCOTUS website following the conclusion of the historic hearing at approximately 10 am local time.

Former Reno resident Eddie Rey, long time gay activist, is inside the 400 seat chamber listening to oral arguments, having waited in line 5 days with the 36th seat of out 50 for the public. Robert Douglas (aka Sister PaPa Bubble) flew all night to arrive in the capital this morning to be part of history (again).

Douglas attended the National March for Gay and Lesbian Rights in DC on October 1979. He says he wanted to be part of this most import day in GLBT history when marriage equality in all 50 states could be achieved.

The plantiffs in the Marriage Equality case that could effect Nevada gather on the steps of the Supreme Court. (picture courtesy Eddie Rey)

The plantiffs in the Marriage Equality case that could effect Nevada gather on the steps of the Supreme Court. (picture courtesy Eddie Rey)

Rey created a “marriage equality flag”, as it is being called, that has appeared in many newspapers, media outlets and blogs in the United States and around the world.

Tonight in Reno, The Biggest Little City in the World, those who support and believe in equality will gather in Reno City Plaza at 7 pm to be part of the nationwide rally to #Unite4Marriage. The local event is being sponsored by Build Our Center, a non profit organization created to build, connect and strength the community and support GLBT issues with the goal of building a community center.

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